Last Monday just to prep myself for this heat wave we were having, I decided to join my friend Arlene at hot yoga. This class was hot, and the instructor was intense, but not as intense as the homemadeThai Basil Chicken that Arlene sweetly brought me to eat after the class had finished. This heat inspired dish will definitely kick up your temperature up a notch!
Arlene's Heat Inspired Spicy Thai Basil Chicken
1 lb boneless and skinless chicken thighs or chicken breast cut into small pieces (or ground)
4 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
2 shallots (finely chopped)
1 1/4 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon sweet soy sauce
1 big bunch of Thai basil leaves (stems removed)
4-6 red and green chilies or 1-2 fresh jalapeno cut into slivers
2 dashes ground white pepper
2 tablespoons oil
Add oil into a heated wok, follow by chopped garlic and shallots. Stir fry the garlic and shallots until aromatic, then add the chicken meat into the wok. Use the spatula to quickly stir-fry and break the ground chicken meat into small lumps. When the chicken meat changes color, toss in the chilies and the seasonings (fish sauce, sugar, and sweet soy sauce) and continue to stir-fry. Add in the basil leaves and do a few quick stirs until the basil leaves are wilted and you smell the exotic fragrance of the basil leaves. Sprinkle two dashes of pepper powder into the dish, do a final stir, dish out and serve immediately.
You can also serve this spicy basil chicken as lettuce wraps, it tastes great with fresh lettuce and Thai sweet chili sauce.